An indoor pool could be developed at the Dubbo Aquatic Leisure Centre after strong feedback from the community.
Dubbo Regional Council is in the process of developing a master plan for the pool to provide a framework for future decisions. The plan is also looking at the possible need for an indoor pool.
Of the 700 surveys completed on the master plan, almost three-quarters said they wanted an indoor pool.
The most popular option was for a new 25 metre indoor pool and warm water exercise pool to be built.
In a report on the master plan, council’s manager recreation and open space Ian McAlister said the indoor pool – which is expected to cost between $11 and $13 million – would allow competitive swimmers to train all year round.
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Colby Hitchcock, who has three children in swimming club, welcomed the idea.
Ms Hitchcock said it would allow her family to swim year-round. She said at the moment her daughters had to train harder than their competitors to make up for the time missed in winter.
It wasn’t just an issue for her own children either, but for all of the swimming clubs, Ms Hitchcock said.
Mr McAlister said the option most preferred by the public also included a permanent kiosk in the new pool building and a pop-up space where the existing kiosk is located.
“The role of the pop-up space is to provide for further events at the facility and allow for diversity in food and drink provision,” he said.
Other options for an indoor pool included the construction of a new 50 metre pool indoors or for current 50 metre pool to be enclosed.
The public also called for improved facilities for people with a disability and for the layout to give staff the best view of the pools.
The feedback on the master plan will be presented to council on Monday night.